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THE Pebble

By Pete      
Well it's a bit more than a pebble but I've already shot THE Rock.

This is a large round rock on the beach at Elgol that I first saw when Paul (sut68) posted it in 2010 and made reference to some ice cream man who is supposed to have bagged it first.

I turned up one evening and a photographer had already claimed the zone (we joked about ticket systems!) so I had to come back the day after.

I love the rock and the shapes around so decided to follow the tripod holes here too. And, as if by magic, the surrounding platforms (sloping rocks) do appear to have tripod holes. Good job because to get to certain angles (not this one) you do have to do some jiggery pokery with the tripod legs. I was thankful to the versatile Manfrotto Neotec.

I took the Strobeam flash with the plan to illuminate the rock and surrounds while exposing for the background but the flash wasn't strong enough to do what I wanted. I also used the Lee 0.9 ND grad but that wasn't strong enough to cope with the contrast range. So HDR or some more jiggery pokery? I chose the latter and used the Lee Filters grad case to act as a mask . Exposed for the foreground and wafted the filter case over the top half to dumb down the sky.

I ended up with a RAW file that can be processed very differently and settled on this warm version.

Tags: Sunset Skye Mountains Sea Rock Hill Coastline Pebble Elgol Cullin Landscape and travel

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CHRISB911 12 54 1
16 Jun 2012 10:14AM
gets my vote very well captured

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16 Jun 2012 10:18AM
I have to say that I prefer the cool original. Good use of the improvised Lee grad. Wink

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
16 Jun 2012 10:39AM
Classic filtering PeteWink
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
16 Jun 2012 10:42AM
I like both versions. Andy
Anna_W 6 1 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 10:51AM
They're both excellent images but I think I prefer v1's warmer tones and brighter/slightly more contrasty feel. The waving of the filter case over the top half sounds like a variation on the magic cloth technique (something I've read about but never tried!) and certainly worked well in this case.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
16 Jun 2012 10:52AM
Amazing what you chaps get up to. Smile V2 for me. I just prefer the colour.
16 Jun 2012 11:11AM
Awesome image with full of nice details. Deep
charlotte 13 34 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 11:12AM
Top processing Pete, I'm leaning towards V2 and the cooler tones though.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 11:25AM
Very well worked Pete a wonderful pair of images, but I think V2 gets my vote. Shortisted too...
16 Jun 2012 12:27PM
I like version 1 - the detail is excellent but a little warmer than version 2. But both excellent photos with lovely composition. Well done.
MattB1987 6 458 England
16 Jun 2012 12:50PM
Great colours in this, love the compostion, definitely an image to be proud of!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
16 Jun 2012 1:59PM
.... et voila. Warmer for me.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 2:44PM
A very interesting write-up Pete
The things we get up toWink

16 Jun 2012 4:08PM
Love V2 Pete. And I wonder if a giant lost a Marble way back in TimeSmile

John Smile
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 4:23PM
A great shot ,V1 for me,love the colours,comp and depth
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
16 Jun 2012 5:01PM
LOL, thanks for the namecheck Pete though I'm sure it's appeared on here a 'few' times before I got to it Wink

Looks like you got right down in there though and this feels much more of a 'claustrophobic' composition than any I've bagged from here. Frames the boulder/shot nicely and provides a lovely narrow exit through to the Cuillins!!!

LOL @ Ice Cream Man indeed GrinWink
LesF 11 182 9
16 Jun 2012 6:09PM
At least you had the tide in which helps when shooting this pebble, very nicely done this Peter.

16 Jun 2012 6:27PM
Beautiful image, love both versions

Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 8:36PM
Great place! Both work well, but it's V1 for me.

Sue Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 8:47PM
I like the warmth in v1
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 10:04PM
The vote's for V2, the colder, darker version.
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
17 Jun 2012 12:00AM
Lovely tones & detail Pete...I like v1 for the warm tones.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 8:14AM
Lovely images!, V1 for the warmer colours for meGrin
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 10:05AM
I prefer the cool Tones, great shot.

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 9:47PM
Stunner..and a showcase for your skills!

derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2012 7:58PM
Just catching up with these Highland shots Pete and this is a cracker. Your technique (a variation on the 'magic cloth'?) worked very well. Great mood and I really like the way that the viewers attention is immediately drawn to the central rock.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Aug 2012 10:28AM
Both versions do well Pete. Find myself drawn more to the natural colours in V2 though. Paul
17 Sep 2012 11:38PM
Some shots need no introduction as we follow the path of those gone before us ...... Very dramatic.


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